Apple had big expectations for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus before the official launch — industry sources claimed the phone maker projected 80 million sales in 2014. The company may be looking at even higher sales, after 39 million sales in Q3 2014, Apple is reportedly working with Foxconn to beef up manufacturing for the holiday season, adding another 70 million units.
110 million sales in 2014 is extremely impressive in two quarters. Considering Samsung, who sells over 50 smartphones, managed only 80 million sales in Q3 this year. Samsung has projected even less sales in Q4, meaning Apple may surpass the South Korean company.
Compared to the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C last year, Apple is having much more success with the larger sizes on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 is the most popular in almost every region, with anywhere between 60 and 90 of the total iPhone sales. Apple has not beat Samsung in quarterly sales for a few years, even since the South Korean company managed to start winning customers in the U.S. and Europe. In 2014, Samsung’s overall sales have dropped in mobile and the Galaxy S5 looks to be the big reason.
For Q1 and Q2 in 2015, analysts are projecting another 50 to 100 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. Most analysts believe the gap between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will close, with Asian countries starting to take interest in the phablet.